Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts: No Restaurant Left Behind (or Why Dining out Post-Disaster Matters)

Many restaurants in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy are open or will be soon. Show your support by dining out often.

Like many millions of people, I lost power on Monday evening. Tuesday evening, by candlelight, I whipped up a fierce batch of risotto with local-caught clams that I had in my quickly losing-its-chill refrigerator. By Wednesday, though, nothing in our fridge was safe for consumption. And the thought of spending another night sitting in the dark was entirely too much to bear. Seriously, candlelight gets old FAST, folks. And, I figured, as most of you already have, that some local restaurants would be serving. And I figured right!

We walked into one of our favorite spots to find smiling hosts, warm lights, hot food, upbeat music, and even laughter. More than the delicious dishes, though, it seemed that we were all there for the sense of community and camaraderie (Okay, I may also have been there for the beautiful bottle of Barbaresco we enjoyed!). We traded stories of darkness, damage, and delays with other diners, while gently reminding one another that spotty cell service, while inconvenient, isn’t a tragedy. The time we spent there was the perfect recipe for relief.

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Seattle Foodies: Enter to Win Tickets to the 11/13 Kitchen Circus Dinner at Rover’s!

Don’t miss your chance to be a judge at this exciting event!

Enter to win two tickets to the November 13, 2012, Kitchen Circus dinner at Rover’s restaurant in Seattle. A cooking competition in which home cooks will test their skills preparing one course of a three-course meal, Kitchen Circus is hosted by award winning ‘Chef in the Hat’ Thierry Rautureau of Rover’s, who will also guide contestants from recipe to final presentation.

To learn more about Kitchen Circus and enter to for a chance to win, visit Facebook/KitchenCircus and click on the “Win Tickets” tab or use the direct link to enter at

Attend the 11/12/12 No Kid Hungry Cocktail Party at Jardinière in SF

Don’t miss your chance to support a great cause and one of San Francisco’s finest restaurants, Jardinière!

Join the fight to end childhood hunger in America on November 12, 2012, from 5:30PM-7:30PM at Jardinière Restaurant in San Francisco. Share Our Strength and Chef Traci Des Jardins celebrate 15 years of iconic Jardinière Restaurant as they welcome back past chefs to the kitchen where they once cooked for a special Alumni Sous Chef Cocktail Party. Proceeds benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign

The Jardinière Alumni Sous Chefs Cocktail Party features small bites from Jardinière alumnus Peter Armellino, Liz Binder, Michael Hung, Deepak Kaul, Dylan Montano, and Phil Wang.

Tickets are normally $150, but OpenTable diners will enjoy an exclusive offer of $100 tickets. Click here to purchase and enter code OTNKH12 to save $50!


East Coast Restaurants Re-Opening: Show Your Neighborhood Favorites Support!

Hurricane Sandy has left a great deal of damage in its wake, but all that rain and wind aren’t dampening restaurateurs efforts to re-open their establishments. The best way you can help your local favorites is to drop in and dine. Even those without power –or a phone — may be open for business. Barbuto, in Manhattan, served last night by candlelight — and will do the same again this evening.

Remember to bring cash as some restaurants are unable to process credit card payments, due to limited connectivity.

Eater BostonEater DCEater NY, and Eater Philadelphia, as well as Grub Street NY and GrubStreet PHL, have extensive round-ups of restaurants that are open for business, and we are working closely with our restaurant partners to ensure that reservation information on OpenTable is current.